“ Brand: Bourjois / Type: Lipstick „
I bought this lipstick from cheapsmells.com a while ago. It only cost £2.45 which I thought was a bargain considering it's recommended retail price is £6.95.
The lipstick has now been discontinued, but it still often comes up on websites such as cheapsmells.com (although it is not available on there at the minute) and amazon.co.uk where it retails for £2.99 in a variety of shades.
The lipstick comes in a dark pink 'stick' with the round Bourjois Paris logo on. It is quite small compared to my other lipsticks. The top of the lipstick has a small round mirror on the end, which comes in handy for application, but mine has got a bit scratched being thrashed around in my make-up bag!
The other end of the lipstick has the name of the shade on.
My lipstick is 03 Rose complice which is a very similar colour to the plastic housing of the lipstick, perhaps a little bit darker. It is one of my favourite lipsticks to use. For me the shade is quite subtle and does not make my lips predominantly stand out.
The lipstick goes on perfectly, but it does not feel smooth like many other lipsticks. It has a grainy feel to it and you can actually see small 'grains' in the actual lipstick. I don't mind the grainy feel it has to it and I don't find it irritates my lips or anything.
It only needs to be applied once to get a decent coverage on your lips and I have found it last a good few hours before it needs to be reapplied unless you are eating and/or drinking, which tends to mean it needs to be reapplied more regularly. The lipstick is easy to remove unlike others I have used which you need to scrub.
Overall, this is one of my favourite lipsticks. I like the subtle colour, I don't mind the grainy feel, the mirror is a really handy extra and I got it at a bargain price.
I'm not a huge wearer of lipstick really but I spotted the Bourjois Lovely Rouge Perle lipstick online at the bargain price of just 99p and decided to give it a try - after all if I didn't like it, it wouldn't be the end of the world at that price. These lipsticks have actually been discontinued as Bourjois recently revamped their range. This means you probably won't find them on the high street any more, but they're still quite widely available online and you may find some discount shops selling them.
Recently I wrote about the Bourjois Lovely Bijou lipstick which I bought at the same time as this one, and others in the Bourjois Lovely range of lipsticks include Lovely Rouge, Lovely Brille and then of course this one Lovely Perle (or Pearl). The problem is that they all come in very similar casing, and as I bought one of each, when in my make-up drawer it can be quite hard to distinguish between them. This one however, does have a very slight difference to the packaging, which is that the logo on the case has a string of pearls printed onto it, which makes it a bit easier to spot and saves me having to take the lids of each one to find the one I'm looking for. Other than that, the lipstick comes in a pink case which has a small mirror on the lid. It's not really the best mirror ever but it is more than adequate for applying your lipstick, should you have nothing else available.
The lipstick is called pearl because it is supposed to give an iridescent pearly sheen to the lips. I bought shade number 25 which is called Rose doux Perle, and is a light to medium pink with a very slightly brownish undertone.
When it came to using it, I found that the lipstick glided over my lips incredibly easily and smoothly. Like most lipsticks it has a slanted tip which makes application quite precise, and I almost always apply this straight from the tube rather than bothering with a lip brush.
It's difficult to describe the texture of this lipstick. I wouldn't say it's greasy at all, but it does have a very slight oiliness to it, which actually feels quite nice on application. I'd say it feels more moisturising once it's on that anything else and it's really light on the lips, and not heavy or waxy at all, so once it's been applied you can't really feel you're wearing it. The lipstick contains vitamin E to help moisturise and I don't find this dries my lips out at all like some other lipsticks do, so I'd suggest it might be a good product for the winter if your lips are prone to being chapped.
The colour and finish this lipstick gives is lovely. It's fairly sheer so you won't get an overly intense colour from it, but in my opinion that's actually a good thing as I prefer my make-up to be subtle. The finish it gives is lovely though, it does have a real pearliness to it which I think gives a shine to the lips that actually looks more like you are wearing a gloss than a lipstick. Despite the pearly shimmer to this lipstick, I do think it's fine for daytime use as well as night time as it doesn't look too over the top.
The longevity of the lipstick is quite good, like most lipsticks unfortunately I find that it completely disappears as soon as I eat anything, however when drinking it seems to hold up. In fact when I began to write this review I applied the lipstick just to remind me of how it felt on, and I have been sitting here typing away whilst drinking a cup of tea. Although some has been transferred onto the cup, looking in the mirror you really wouldn't know as the lipstick looks fresh and pretty much intact, therefore it survives the drink test!
As mentioned I paid just 99p for this from www.fragrancedirect.com. I have also found it online at Ebay and a website called www.yuyubeaute.com where it's being sold for £2.75. If you have one of those little independent shops near to you that sell cheap make-up and hair accessories they're worth checking as I've found you can get some real make-up bargains.
Overall, I think this is yet another good lipstick from Bourjois and it's a shame it's been discontinued. If you do spot one I'd definitely recommend trying it, as it gives a lovely finish, is long lasting and feels nice and moisturising on the lips.